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UK Slaughter Statistics


18 July 2013

UK Slaughter Statistics - 18 July 2013UK Slaughter Statistics - 18 July 2013

UK prime cattle slaughterings for June 2013 were 151,000 head and beef and veal production was 65,000 tonnes.
UK Slaughter Statistics

Key points

This release shows the latest monthly information on the slaughtering of cattle, sheep and pigs. It also includes dressed carcase weight and meat production information. The key results for June 2013 are given below:

  • Cattle: UK prime cattle slaughterings were 5.4 per cent higher than in June 2012 at 151 thousand head. Beef and veal production was 65 thousand tonnes, 1.0 per cent higher than in June 2012.
  • Sheep: UK clean sheep slaughterings were 7.3 per cent higher than in June 2012 at 840 thousand head. Mutton and lamb production was 20 thousand tonnes, 7.1 per cent higher than in June 2012.
  • Pigs: UK clean pig slaughterings were 0.6 per cent higher than in June 2012 at 743 thousand head. Pigmeat production was 61 thousand tonnes, 1.0 per cent higher than in June 2012.

Monthly numbers of livestock slaughtered

The table shows monthly estimates of the number of cattle, sheep and pigs slaughtered for meat for human consumption in the United Kingdom. The survey is run according to statistical, rather than calendar months, the number of weeks in the statistical month is specified below.

Average dressed carcase weights

The table shows the monthly average dressed carcase weight of livestock slaughtered for meat for human consumption in the United Kingdom.

Average weekly numbers of livestock slaughtered

The table shows the average weekly slaughter figures for the last thirteen months. The monthly slaughter figures in section one are affected by the number of weeks in the statistical month. To get a clearer measure of trends weekly averages are calculated by dividing the number of livestock slaughtered each month by the number of weeks in the statistical month.

Longer term trends can be seen in the figures following this table.



United Kingdom average weekly numbers of cattle slaughtered



United Kingdom average weekly numbers of sheep slaughtered



United Kingdom average weekly numbers of pigs slaughtered

July 2013

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